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‘The Book Ninja’ optioned for film 

4 December 2019

Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus’ novel The Book Ninja (S&S) has been optioned for film by producers Chris Brown of Pictures in Paradise and Veronica Fury of Fury Film Co....

‘The Girl on the Page’ film rights acquired

9 August 2019

Sydney-based production company Causeway Films has acquired the film rights to John Purcell’s The Girl on the Page (HarperCollins), via Simone Camilleri of Green Ink Agency. Set in the UK in the...

‘Too Much Lip’ optioned for screen adaptation

1 August 2019

Melissa Lucashenko’s Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning novel Too Much Lip (UQP) has been optioned for screen by production company Cenozoic Pictures. The deal, which was negotiated by Lucashenko’s agent Alex...

Book-to-screen projects receive Screen Australian funding

22 November 2018

Two book-to-film adaptations feature among the projects receiving story development funding from Screen Australia. The projects, and their producers, are: A feature film adaptation of Finding Sanity: John Cade, Lithium and...

UK films based on books create 44% more revenue

10 July 2018

A new research report commissioned by the UK Publisher’s Association (PA) has found that UK-produced films based on books generate 44% more revenue in the British box office (and 53%...

Donovan appointed scout for FremantleMedia

25 June 2018

Australian editor and consultant Philippa Donovan has been appointed literary scout for production and entertainment company FremantleMedia Australia. Donovan will be covering book-to-film as well as TV adaptations for world English-language territories, with...